Join artists Brett Murray, Jacques Coetzer and Johann van der Schijff on a tour of the public artworks in central Cape Town. This tour, a first in Cape Town, gives context and insight into these incredible works. The artists point out art that usually goes unnoticed and explain stories behind major art commissions.
The tour starts at Ruth Sacks’ Cissie Gool Memorial. Then it stops briefly at the We Are Still Here mosaic before going to the colonial statues in Grand Parade and the life size bronze of Mandela on the steps of City Hall. The tour then moves onto Africa at St George’s Mall where Brett Murray talks about this work which was so controversial when he unveiled it in 2000, but is now fondly regarded. Outside the AVA Gallery, is Johann van der Schijff‘s Arm-Wrestling Podium. The tour briefly stops here for refreshments as the artist discusses his work. Jacques Coetzer‘s Open House is the final artwork of the tour. The artist talks about this large work. The tour ends with a drumming performance on Coetzer’s artwork. As the tour walks between stopping points the artists point out other public art and give their opinions on these pieces.
The tour is lead by Culture Connect’s Kate Crane Briggs. Contact her at the details below to book for the tour.
There is the option to have lunch nearby after the tour (likely cost is R150 per head).
Venue: Start at the Cissie Gool Memorial, Longmarket Pedestrian Mall, cnr Buitenkant and Plein Streets, Cape Town City Central | Finish at Open House, cnr Long St and Dorp St, Cape Town City Central
Time: 10am to 12.15pm